CHE University Ranking expanded to include assessments of Business Studies Master degree students – results show these Master students are mobile and focus on subject content
More than half of the students on Business Studies Master programmes have changed their study location after their first degree. The key factor determining the choice of study location is the programme offer – being close to one’s home clearly emerging as a less important factor. More than 5,000 students were interviewed about study conditions in their Business Studies Master programme. The CHE University Ranking has therefore been expanded one more time to cover the assessments of these Master degree students
German higher education institutions are excellent – and not just for research!
German higher education institutions are not only capable researchers. If you look at relevance to practice, internationality and student orientation, it soon becomes clear that the strength of the German higher education system lies in diversity. This is the outcome of a special analysis of these four dimensions using data from the CHE UniversityRanking.
Few HEIs were top in all respects, but many HEIs are top performers because of their special profile: 71 out of 84 universities had a distinctive profile in at least one subject and in at least one of the dimensions analysed.
The new special analysis derived from the CHE UniversityRanking uses data acquired at universities and universities of applied science (Fachhochschulen) for the 2010 and 2011 rankings for the subjects linguistics, cultural studies, law, economics and business studies, social sciences and engineering
Second part of the international Deans’ Course in Africa successfully completed
Deans from six East African countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania) came together in November for the second part of the International Deans’ Course (IDC) in Africa. The second IDC meeting gave participants the chance to exchange information, ideas and experiences about the state of their respective projects supported by German, Ethiopian and Kenyan higher education experts
Research findings show the Bologna Process is moving in the right direction
Reform of the study system in German higher education institutions (HEIs) has been heavily criticised to date. Many books and articles claim the introduction of Bachelor and Master degrees has led to a decline in the quality of studies. However, there is no empirical basis for this negative blanket view. This is the conclusion of a new publication compiled by the CHE – Centre for Higher Education for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
CHE-QUEST: Studienrelevante Diversität erkennen und nutzen
Symposium: HEI profiling and student service organisations
What role do student service and advice offers play in strategic planning at German HEIs? How can student service organisations support HEIs in their strategies and profile development?
These are the questions the CHE – Centre for Higher Education and the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk) will be discussing at a joint symposium on 29 and 30 November 2011 in Berlin
Greater transparency in the Albanian higher education sector
The Albanian Ministry for Education and Science, too, wants prospective students to be able to find independent information about the country’s HEIs in the future. The CHE was commissioned to carry out a project (supported by the World Bank) to develop and test a concept with the Albanian Public Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education (APAAL) that would enable comparisons of Albanian HEIs on the basis of different indicators. The results of this project, a first ranking of four subjects, were presented at the closing conference in Tirana today
European University Association (EUA) report on international rankings published
The CHE ranking is well on its way in terms of methodology and implementation. This is the conclusion of the European University Association (EUA) report on “Global university rankings and their impact”, published on Friday, 17 June 2011. In particular, the report highlights the student interviews the CHE carries out which it estimates to be very useful for prospective students wanting to find out more about a particular study option. The report says the CHE UniversityRanking is one of the very few rankings to be explicitly tailored to the needs of prospective students. The new report also explains the interactive structure of the online version of the CHE ranking, which allows users to customise a personal ranking in accordance with their needs.
New Spanish university ranking based on CHE methodology
The CHE – Centre for Higher Education is working with the CYD Foundation in Spain to develop a ranking for Spanish universities. The new ranking, which is backed by the Spanish rectors conference (Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas, CRUE) is very similar to the standards of the CHE ranking in terms of indicators and methodology, i.e. it is subject-related, multi-dimensional and ranks universities in groups rather than individual positions.
Final conference of the U-Multirank project: results presented in Brussels
A European commission funded network lead by CHEPS and CHE - Centre for Higher Education has developed an alternative concept for a global multi-dimensional ranking, and has tested its feasibility in a pilot study. The results of the U-Multirank project were presented on 9 June 2011 at the final conference in Brussels involving more than 200 participants, and were officially passed on to the EU commission. The results show that the concept developed for a multi-dimensional ranking works also on a global scale and overcomes many of the shortcomings of the existing global rankings. The concluded U-Multirank project is a feasibility study that will not be published.
U-Multirank Final Conference: attend via live stream
On 9 June 2011, the U-Multirank project will present its results and hand over its final report to the European Commission in Brussels. The project, initiated by the European Union, saw the development of a multidimensional global ranking of higher education institutions, and included a trial with 150 higher education institutions in a feasibility study. The results of this study are now available and will be presented during the final conference involving more than 200 participants from across Europe. Due to the huge interest, the conference will be repeated in the afternoon. It is also possible to follow the conference via a live stream. Questions and comments can also be made on Twitter
CHE Student Loan Test 2011: Easy transition to Master’s funding not always guaranteed
Students who fund part or all of their Bachelor’s programme with a student loan should insist, at the start, on a clear option to continue the loan over a possible, subsequent Master’s programme
International Ranking experts are going to start quality audit of rankings
IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence launched the concept for a quality audit of rankings. Gero Federkeil, CHE ranking expert and Vice-President of IREG explains: “With regard to the diversity of existing rankings we need an instrument that creates transparency about the various rankings, about their quality, their methods and their limitations. The audit is based on a set of criteria and will be carried out by independent experts under the responsibility of IREG.” The first audits will probably be finished in autumn 2011.
From planning to appointment – Online CHEck Appointments enables reflection on the appointment process
The CHE now offers an online self-test for those actively involved in appointment processes. The self-test explains all facets of the appointment process and in doing so enables reflection on procedures. Self-test users get valuable tips, anonymously and for free, about the status of their appointment procedures
Results from the latest CHE UniversityRanking
The latest CHE UniversityRanking, that is available from 3 May 2011 in the DIE ZEIT study guide 2011/12, involves for the first time the international orientation of the study programmes for the updated subjects. There are top marks for the universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) in business administration: 50 per cent of them reached the top group with respect to the international orientation, while 35 per cent of the universities are in the top group. Subjects such as sociology and political sciences are less internationally oriented; in the subject media there is no university that reached the top group for this indicator
Excellent Promotion of Young Talent
The CHE’s Excellent Promotion of Young Talent forum took place in Cologne’s Media Park on 12 April. More than 100 participants informed themselves about good practice examples in European countries, using the results of the CREST report. In addition, the participants could inform themselves about the promotion of young academic talent from the Master’s to fellowship level on the basis of the results of two workshop reports from the Excellence universities of Göttingen and Konstanz and two projects – by the Universität Oldenburg and Femtec Berlin
Strong together: A successful year developing QM systems
Round one of the CHE’s Developing and Implementing QM systems at Higher Education Institutions year programme has ended successfully with a workshop in Berlin. A total of 15 participants from universities and universities of applied sciences have been planning and implementing projects together for the previous 12 months. Three experts boasting many years’ experience in developing QM systems at HEIs supported the participants in their work. One key aspect of the programme was peer learning, i.e. the universities learned from each other under the guidance and supervision of the experts
Delegation from Russia discovers the CHE UniversityRanking and quality assurance in Germany
Seventeen professors from leading Russian universities today visited the CHE to discover the CHE UniversityRanking and German quality management systems at HEIs
The CHE UniversityRanking 2011/2012 will be published in the DIE ZEIT Study Guide on 3 May
The CHE UniversityRanking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany. This year’s ranking presents new data for law, economics and social sciences as well as media sciences, communication sciences and social work. In addition to facts about studying, teaching, equipment and research, the ranking also includes more than 250,000 student evaluations of the study conditions at their HEI
Ranking expert Gero Federkeil invited to Australian conference on higher education
The more than 300 participants at this years’ Universities Australia conference, the Australian equivalent of the German Rectors’ Conference, showed interest in the CHE UniversityRanking and the EU Commission’s new initiative, the U-Multirank project.
More female professors! How can this be achieved?
The number of female professors at HEIs in Germany is still low despite all the efforts made in recent decades to promote a better gender balance in the posts. Less than 20% of all professorships in Germany are held by women. In a two-year research project, the CHE will identify examples where the promotion of woman at German HEIs has been a success and, using these examples, examine the factors that help boost the proportion of female professors and that of female members of academic staff. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund
The CHE supports the Croatian government’s reform of higher education
Croatia is to follow other countries in introducing target agreements between government and higher education institutions (HEIs) in the future as well as triggering reform in the area of higher education funding. On February 16 and 17, 2011, the CHE – Centre for Higher Education organised and moderated a workshop in Dubrovnik to educate HEI representatives, research institutes and ministries about the instrument “target agreement”
Data for the CHE UniversityRanking 2011 are being analysed
More than 45,000 students on law, economics, social sciences, media studies, communication studies and journalism courses have given their views on their study conditions
CREST PLA reaches a successful end
The CREST (Comité de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique) Peer Learning Activity started in October 2009 with the aim of supporting the development of European higher education institutions by learning about each other’s research management and policy processes. How do you create attractive career conditions for young researchers? What does striving for research excellence actually mean and are there any risks and side-effects involved in this?
Computer Sciences Master’s students at their university of choice
Almost all Computer Science Master’s students are enrolled at their university of choice – 94 per cent answered yes to the question of whether they study at their university of choice. Meanwhile 60 per cent moved from the Bachelor’s to the Master’s programme without changing institution, 28 per cent came from another German university, and 12 per cent came into their current university from abroad. There is therefore a high level of satisfaction with the Master’s programme: 80 per cent of students at universities and almost 90 per cent at universities of applied sciences rate their study situation to be good or very good